Leadership Expert Frances Hesselbein: A Woman for All Seasons - Page 2
While an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie is important for skill development, the deeper requirement is to give the girls a compass so they can stay on a life course clearly seeing what really matters.
“Each girl can be helped to reach her own highest potential and needs role models to help guide the way. Most leaders we learn about are men; we need a safe place to discuss and explore the special attributes women bring to the modern world”. There is sadness coupled with indignation when she states the discomforting truths about our society that forces little girls growing up all too soon, where the pressure of image is causing girls as young as nine to become anorexic or bulimic and teen pregnancies are accepted without deeper discussion about long term implications. She touched an open nerve so often denied or ignored, Peter Drucker said, “We live in a society that pretends to care about its children and it does not.”
That pioneer spirit so strong when she speaks is not just about problems and difficulties, she also has in her tool bag options and possibilities.
All this is interesting for a woman born into a generation trained to stay home as wives and mothers. Even more interesting is that Frances is the mother of one son, no daughters, and her career plan was to be available at home and write, especially poetry. Her love of language is evident in her quotes that appear as headers for websites and book chapters. She has an uncanny way of using the mind to get to the heart as she quotes, “Be careful of your deeds, for your deeds become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character; Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.” She talks about the world of work succinctly, “It’s not hard work which is dreary, it is superficial work.” And she cuts through a barrage of superficialities to the essence leading, “Listening… it’s called respect, it’s called appreciation, it’s called anticipation and it’s called leadership.”
Francis is one of what I call gutsy. A women who know how to make change!